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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

THB great pigeon match which was to be bold in Lawrence on' the loth inst,. we regret to )«*rn, has fallen through. Mr. White, seedsman, &c, Tokoinairiro, has 'h on show a splendid variety of gras? and other ■cede, (for particulars of which, see advertise- * went in another column. Teb following advertisement appears in Saturday's "Daily Times":— "Andrew Young, last heard of as being at the Teviot junction, your brother William is dead. Write to James, Gulgong, New, South Wales." We observe that Mr. G. 8. .Neish, late of the Tapanni school, and who is at present a student of the Otago University, has been appointed to the head mastership of the Industrial School, Oavetsham. - Fbom advertisement it will be observed that the Lawrence Polycultural Society will hold a meeting at the Victoria Hotel on the evening , of Monday next, to arrange the programme for j the summer "campaign." The railway works at the Woolshed and Manuka Creek have given a great impetus tv business at Gardener's and Howard's hotels. At meal times these places remind. one of hotels in a busy city — every available oorner of the buildings being crammed with railway employes, from the contractor down to the recently imported Brogdenite , and sleeping accommodation , unless one can do with a soft plank, is quite out j of the question. ' j AH Alexandra correspondent, writing under ' date 29th September, says : "We burial poor Jonny O'Brien of the Gorge yesterday. Nearly the whole of the inhabitants of Speargrass Flat. ! Botchers Gully, and Alexandra followed his remains from the hospital to the Alexandra cemetery. There was not a horse or trap in the district that was not brought into requisition. The Rev. Josiab Jones read the burial service in * very impressive manner ; and in the evening the same gentleman preached a very appropriate lennon on the oertainty of death and uncertainty Of life. ' The wet weather for the last few months has * ;b*en of great benefit to the hill sluieer* at Manuka Creek. On account of the high level of the workings, it is only during a wet season they get a full supply of water. Mr. Coomhe's {a jp foil wort, witH payable results. Tl»e other ebums, on thte hlU.*re also working away. 'Last 'week fom« evil' disposed persons broke a - * portion of toe flume crossing the Lawrence and , Tokomairiro, rqad' belonging- to the Havilah - ; Hill. Co., Bone alteraHonsHiad recently been Biade, and new sets placed to keep the flume in - position- a, littafr-land&lip along side the road muring damaged it considerably. The new tirater was taken vny, and pifeces nod been chopped ■off the stays with an axe. It i* to be hoped #*m puttat perpetrating auch a dastardly act , triU.M brought to justice and; get their deserts. . H*d- the damage, not been discovered, probably 1 J tb* fliH heavy 4»l» w«uld havetyowa the flume to thtftxrand.

A Ueeting' was held at the Blue Spar tfew days ago -to consider the b«st means of keoing that portion of the cdmmonage 'used by the residents for their cattle clear of the sheep belomng to seme of the small squatters or *' sbeepiitaf' as the\ are called. The meeting resolved to jet a petition drawn np and 'signed for' the pupose of forwarding to the Government. ' One o; the residents who takes more than ordinary infereat in publio matters appertaining to the (Blue Spur was appointed to obtain signatures b the petition, and while performing this dutj one of the iheepiata met him, and aacertjiuing that the' petition was in general favor andbeing numerously signed, proposed to purohse ■ it. The following colloquy is said to have, taken place :— Canvasser — "How much will yqi <rive meforit/" Sheepist— "Anote." Canvteser— " No, I wont let it go for that.'' Sheepisl (after a pause) — v Well I don't mind giving youtnirty •hillings if you'll give me the petition."' While the canvasser was hesitating, another steepest joined them, and hearing the proposal, offered to "shout ",los. in drinks if he woull accept the offer. " Done," said the canvasso-. The bargain was struck, the petition changed hands, and the drinks were hadi It is a common saying, and not without a good mixture >f truth, that " every man has his price;" but we have never before seen it illustrated in such a lusinesslike manner as it was in the above transaction. Although the petition was sold, the people of the Blue Spur were not to be sold, ftr they at once set a similar petition on foot, and we trust they will obtain the object they desirf without another miscarriage. , __ ( . We observe that the schedule of Ministerial offices includes a new'portfolio, that of Minister of Mines. < The residents of Koss Place have obtained a map of the land behind their present holdings which they wish to become possessed of, in consideration of their building a retaining wall to prevent the Wetherstqnes Creek from encroaoliingupon their properties. This map was drawn by Messrs. Barr and Oliver, civil engineers, of Dunedin, and we believe will be at once forwarded to the Government, who have promised to accede to the wishes of the residents. In our report of the case Honeywell v. Lancaster in our last week's issue, in the evidence o.f Lancaster it is stated that "Honey will wished to borrow 30s. from witness to enable him to pay £4 which he said he had appropriated from a lodge at the Teviot." The evidence should have read thus, "which he (Neville) said he wished to pay to a lodge at the Teviot." The District Court, we are informed, has been postpoued for a fortnight, owing to the iudisposition of Mr. Grey. We are glad to be able to state that Mr. Grey is leeovering, although veryfslowly, from his sickness, Mb. Hates reports having sold at the Blue Spur, on Saturday last, for Mr. John Cormack, dwelling-house, furniture, books, &o M all of which vealisc4 satisfactory prices. Mb. AbbdokliE reports having sold the claim, cbc, known as Redden and party's, under dissolution of partnership, on Saturday, for the sum of £40. On Friday last a number of the members of Court Havelock, A.0.F., met in Mr. Cogbill's Bridge Hotel, for the purpose of presenting Mr. M' Gannon, the Wardsman of the Tuapeka Hospital, with a gold ring, as an acknowledgment of his kindness and attention to their late Bro. John Robinson, who died in the hospital last August. During the time Mr. Robinson was in the hospital, Mr. M 'Gannon was most assiduous in his attention to him, and the Foresters of Court Havelock determined to show their appreciation of his kind ministrations by some small tangible acknowledgment. At S p.m. the oompany sat down to a repast provided by Mr. CoghilL P.C.R. Bro. R, Craig occupied the chair. The Chairman proposed the " Queen and Royal Family," which was followed by the to;\stsoft(w "A.O,F,,""Suoce3Bt« Court Havelock ""Court Surgeon," "P.O. R.s of Court Havelock," interspersed with several songs, among which was a local one composed ami sung by the Chairman, which whs loudly encored. The health of Mr. M'Gannon was then proposed j by Bro. Craig, who in a neat address presented Mr. M'Gannon, on behalf of Court Havelock. with a handsome gold sardonyx ring. Mr. M'Gannon replied by thanking the Foresters for their kind present. He said, so long as he occupied a si t-uation like his present one. he should strive to fulfil its duties to the best of his ability. After several nioie songs were sung, the company dispersed, well satisfied with the evening's gathering. The ring was supplied by Mr. Hill, and bore the following inscription engraved apon it:_"To Mr. P. M'Gannon from Court Havelock, A.0.F., October, 1873," From Table Hill we hear that the Bruoe Quartz Mining Co, are sinking steadily, and have made about 50 feet. They propose to sink over 100 feet before openii.g out. The shaft is 7ft. 6in. x 3ft. 6in. timbered throughout, and divided into three compartments — two for hauling, and one for the pump. The pump is a two feet lift, with cast iron pipes six inches in diameter, worked ffrom a 10-inch Leffel turbine wheel. The turbine has at present onty 33 feet head of fall, but twenty feet more fall can be taken at very slight extra expenso. The Company has a neat battery of five head of stamps, and timber shed sufficiently large to accommodate another battery of rive head. The quartz will be emptied from the shaft direct into the hopper alongside, so that the handling of the quartz necessary will be reduced to a minimum. We understand that the manager of the Gabriels Gully Quartz Co. has temporarily undertaken the management of this Company, and has several of the most experienced hands from the Gabriels Gully Co. at work there. We shall look with interest to the development of this line of reef, now for the first time undertaken in a systematic manner. Waifobi is again showing signs of life. The large vote for the construction of the sludgn channel, with the prospect of the work being commenced immediately, has instilled fresh rigor into mining enterprise in that locality. A company recently formed to prospect deep ground on the flat are about to commence operations. We. hope they will be successful in ' striking payable ground. Men are at work proapecting the O.P-Q. line of reef, with every col. fidence of obtaining payable stone at no distant date. Should such be the case, it is to be hoped the Company, who have obtained* the lease of the ground, will endeavor to introduce water power to drive the machinery, as the cost of fuel has always been the principal drawback to the successful working of this reef, whose goldbearing qualities have been often -and well tested. Now the spring has fairly set in, out-door recreations will become the order of the day. In the principal towns of the colony, cricketers are again donnin? the flannel— the prospect of a visit from an English team giving an extra impetus to the manly game. We hope the youths of Lawrence will not be behind hand this season, but come forward with spirit,' and endeavor to establish a good club; There is plenty of raw material ; and, with good practice, Lawrence should turn out a team that could hold its own against any up-country district in Otago. We advise those who take au interest in the game to immediately take steps to form a club, as no time should be lost in oVder to ! turn out a local team capable of competing with other places, Messrs, Barr & Logan, heads respectively of i the Postal and Telegraph departments of the province, were in Lawrence on Tuesday The object of their visit was to examine the courthouse, and ascertain whether it would be a suitable building for a post-office, Their opinion, we learn, is very favorable, and Mr. W. Mears has received instructions to prepare plans and specifications for the necessary alterations. Prom this it would appejur th&t tVxe Government purpose constructing the nevr Courthouse immediately. Mb. F. BASTiNoe, of the White Horn Hotel, Tokomairiro, has just received one of Alcock's full-sized billiard tables. The table is a firstclass one, with very fast cushions, and will no doubt be well patronised by those fond of the green cloth. Thi Tuapeka entire horse show will be held in Peel-street, at 12 o'clock on Saturday next. Mr. M. Hay has already received a good number of entries. After the show, he will read the pedigrees in the Victoria Yards, after which several horses will be offend for sale,

! The new post-office at Milton, a brick build- • .ing, which is being erected on property pre- y serited to the Government by Mr. 6. Cootnbe, v making but ilow progress towards completion. The bid weather has been the cause of the delay. When finished, it will be both an ornameut and a benefit to the Tokouiairiro residents. As adjourned meeting of the Tuapeka Hos i( pi t»r Committee was held in the Commercial Ho^eloa Thursday evening, to consider a letter received from Mr. Blears in reply to certain statement* made by Mr. Xrubshaw, of Court Bavelook, A.o s., regarding the funeral of the late Mr. John Hobinion. Dr. Halley (President) occupied the chair, and the following members of Committee were present :- Messrs. Hill, Harrop, Hills, Arbuckle, Jeffery., and Hayes (Secretary). The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed. The Secretary read a copy of the letter he had forwarded to Mr. Meant and the reply he had received from him. On the motion of Mr. Jeffery, seconded ! by Mr. Hill, the letter from Mr. Mean was received. A lively discussion then took place upon it, after which a resolution was carried to the following effect :— "That a letter be sent to the Secretary |of Court Star of Tuapeka, regretting the occurrence which had taken place." It was the wish of the majority of the members present that the letters should not be made public, as they would likely lead to an acrimonious newspaper correspondence, to the injury of the hospital. There beiujg no other j busiuesß before the Committee, the meeting separated. The Haast rush furore is said to be so strong in Hokitika I that the expected offioial|appointments are already being publicly discussed. Mr. Matthew Price, formerly of Southland, is mentioned as the probable Warden. The Wellington Correspondent of the " Daily Times " writes as follows :— " Not content with throwing out the Provincial Loan Bills, the Council next day followed suit with a Municipal Loan Bill— the one introduced by Mr. Pyke to allow the Corporation of Clyde to borrow money for the erection of a bridge ; the amount to be secured on the rates and on ■ the tolls of the bridge itself. Mr. Sewell moved that this Bill be read a second time that day six months, and the motion was carried, greatly to the disgust of nearly all the Otago members in the Lower House." The " New Zealand Gazette " of the 25th ult, contains the following notifications : — Mr. J, P, Maitland has been appointed Returning Officer for Provincial elections for the electoral districts of Milton, Matau, and Waihola. Mr. W. L. Simpson has been appointed to succeed Mr. Pyke as Registration and Returning Officer for the General Assembly electoral district of Dunstan. Mr. Thomas Coop has been appointed Registrar of Births, &c, for the district of Mount Benger, vice Mr. J. B. Borton, resigned.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Tuapeka Times, Volume VI, Issue 297, 9 October 1873

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